View on Africa: democracy is key to economic growth


Since 2005, democracy has become less popular worldwide. But in Africa, democracy retains its attraction and offers faster economic growth in the long term when compared to economies under democratic regression. Studies show that for the benefits of democracy to be realised, the nature of the governing elite – their unity, vision and coherence – is what matters most.

This View on Africa is presented by Jakkie Cilliers, Head of African Futures and Innovation, ISS Pretoria. He will sketch the trends on democracy in Africa and explain why Africa’s economies respond better to democratic governance. 

About View on Africa

Every Wednesday from 11h00 - 12h00 CAT (09h00 - 10h00 GMT), ISS researchers from Dakar, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Pretoria provide expert analysis of major events and trends in Africa. Introductory remarks are followed by an online Q&A with participants.

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